• I have a sticker on my crane noting that it was inspected within the year and as far as I am concerned, I am in compliance with OSHA.
Some new customers have come into our shop with annual inspection stickers from independent “Inspection Services”, but aside from a lengthy checklist indicating visually inspected items and deficiencies noted, they have no paperwork from the inspector indicating that the deficiencies were corrected. OSHA is very specific on the “comprehensiveness” of the annual inspection and the steps to take in regards to correcting deficiencies that are noted in the annual inspection, which includes taking the crane out of service for safety related issues until the correction is made. Be aware that not all “Annual Inspections” are equal. If you have your crane inspected and an inspection sticker slapped onto it but the deficiencies have not been corrected, your sticker and your “Annual Inspection” are worthless. The information that is generated from an inspection needs the direction of the crane owner to repair or replace the crane or to take it out of service until repairs can be made. The “inspection” is only half of the requirement! If your crane has been inspected and is not operating as designed with all safety equipment in place, you are not in compliance with OSHA.
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Note however that OSHA requires you to maintain and retain the annual inspection forms for a minimum of 12 months (see page 85). Think about it - you will be required to produce the inspection forms if (when) OSHA asks for them. So, if you have had your crane inspected and operational safety related deficiencies have been noted on the inspection form and you choose not to repair those items and a failure/accident takes place, the first thing OSHA will do is to ask to see the inspection form and when you give it to them, you will have just handed them solid proof that you deliberately decided not to address a documented safety issue.
The attorneys will have the next shot at your paperwork.
The intent of OSHA with the inspection process is to ensure that your equipment is operating properly and safely so that your employees, other trades and the general public are not endangered during the use of your equipment. Getting your crane inspected and not repairing documented deficiencies is contrary to this policy.